Cantrell Ultimate Rafting is a true local operation. The Cantrell family has grown up on West Virginia's rivers and has served as recreational outfitters here for more than 30 years. Their tour company, which is perhaps the only one in the area that's family owned and operated, strives to offer exciting trips on the New and Gauley Rivers with experienced guides who exude country charm. Even visiting the company's campground feels like a homecoming. Near the cabins, RVs, and tent sites, the scents of coffee and hot breakfast waft from the Kitchen deck in the morning and bands strike up lively tunes at the Cantrell Grill & Pub on Saturday nights.
Of course, the primary attraction are the rivers, their thrilling rapids, and gorgeous valley sights. The rivers are divided up into alternate courses so rafters can choose the trip that best suits their skill level. For instance, the Gauley River's rapids are transformed in early fall by controlled dam releases, making those six successive weekends a premier whitewater-rafting event. The upper portion of the river has more rapids, while the lower portion's rapids are big and dramatic. Meanwhile, the Upper New River provides Class I through III rapids, gentle descents, and hilly scenery, making it ideal for for beginners. The Lower New River, though, boasts the unofficial title of Grand Canyon of the East, offering a beastly array of Class V rapids sure to get adrenaline flowing and transform wet blankets into even wetter blankets.
Heather Rossio thinks confidence is sexy. That’s why she founded Studio X Pole Fitness—to help women to feel comfortable in their own skin. Here, experienced instructors show students of all levels how to move their bodies with power and grace. Intro to Pole sessions acquaint first-time twirlers with metallic dance partners through basic stretches, grips, and noninvasive icebreakers. Students can then move on to Beginners Pole courses that teach simple spins and transitions, as well as strength training and calorie-torching floor work. The staff recommends that attendees take at least two basic courses before graduating to Intermediate Pole's lessons on climbing the pole, sitting on the pole, and prepping for upside-down inversions. Advanced Pole classes—at the top tier of the pole pantheon—ready tricks, inversions, and spins for gravity-defying routines or actual moonwalks. Additional classes include Chair X-Fit, which tightens the core, hips, and thighs in 50-minutes sessions, and cardio-packed, dance-heavy Zumba classes. To glide and shimmy effortlessly and comfortably, guests are encouraged to don form-fitting shorts and tank tops.
More than 8,000 square feet of space comprise RedPoint, a climbing gym set in a renovated warehouse. Nearly every inch has been set aside for towering climbing walls and exercise equipment to help climbers shore up their skills.
Within these confines, a team of instructors is on hand to teach the skills needed to conquer the facility’s tricky bouldering routes. They can also teach the fundamentals of belaying, which will help you to scale any of the more than 30 onsite climbing stations for top roping, lead climbing, or washing windows on the state capitol building. Back at ground level, you can tone your physique on pull-up bars, rowing machines, and Olympic weights as well as in CrossFit classes, which work on building core strength and overall fitness. The facility also hosts various kid-focused activities such as lock-ins, birthday parties, and corporate retreats for mountain goats.
Cafe culture at its best can be found at Broadstreet Cafe and Billiards.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Broadstreet Cafe and Billiards' gluten-free or low-fat items.
For great tunes and lively moves, Broadstreet Cafe and Billiards hosts a DJ and opens up the floor for dancing.
Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at this restaurant at the edge of ear-splitting.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
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A typical meal at Broadstreet Cafe and Billiards will set you back less than $30.
Don't delay — head over to Broadstreet Cafe and Billiards for a great lunch.
The expert referees and staff at Black River Paintball have hosted games of speedball, woods play, and simulated urban warfare for more than 22 years. Outdoor fields at two locations—each spanning at least 85 acres of wooded terrain—comprise bunkers, particleboard barriers, and thick patches of undergrowth that serve as ideal spots for players to hunker down after assaults or botched Braveheart monologues. Onsite rental shops arm participants with all necessary equipment including markers, goggles, and paintballs. In addition to walk-on rounds, the facility accommodates players during annual tournaments and scenario games, including themed survival quests based on properties such as G.I. Joe, World of Warcraft, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.
The course at Gates Four Golf and Country Club was opened in 1967, but you wouldn't know it from the youthful conditions of the grounds. Players traverse a course that boasts USGA-approved bent grass greens and completely overhauled bunkers thanks to a 2011 renovation. The surrounding pine trees, meanwhile, cast their elongated shadows across each fairway in the twilight hours, giving them a railroad-tie effect as players finish off their rounds.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,895 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees
Course slope of
from the back tees
Five sets of tees per hole